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Sermons on Advent 2017

The Wise Men: From Curiosity to Christ

Matthew 2:1-12 The wise men who were guided to Jesus by the star, illustrate for us how people move from curiosity about Christ to faith in him, and they show us the cost that we must “pay” to follow him. We see that they were guided to faith by three “words” – through the word of general revelation (creation), through the word…

The Shepherds: Responders to the Good News

Luke 2:8-20 The Shepherds receive a big surprise when Jesus was born – and their response to that news and to Jesus is instructive to us. First, the shepherds had a huge surprise when the angels came to them and announced to them that there was “born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Their…

Joseph: Christ-like Character in Action

Matthew 1:18-25 Next in our study of the Characters of Christmas comes Joseph. Joseph was asked to do a hard thing – marry a woman already pregnant out of wedlock. While we know this was by the Holy Spirit – this would have been difficult to explain and even more difficult for others to believe. Yet through it all, Joseph displayed his…

Mary: A Sinner Called to Serve

Luke 1:26-56 In many ways Mary was an unlikely candidate to give birth to the Christ child. She was a young girl from an insignificant town and betrothed to a man with an insignificant job. On top of this, she was a sinner. In her own words she was one of “humble estate.” And yet, God called her to serve him in…

The Hope of Zechariah and Elizabeth

Luke 1:5-25, 57-79 Zechariah and Elizabeth were godly people who were experiencing the darkness of their times. Herod the Great was an oppressive and murderous ruler, everyday Roman rule meant high taxes and unjust treatment; and on top of this they were experiencing the personal difficulty of the reproach of being childless in their old age. Into this situation the Lord speaks…